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St Pierre Cathedral, Geneva

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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For panoramic views over the city and its lake, climb the northern tower of St Pierre Cathedral. Known mostly as the adopted home church of John Calvin (one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation), the cathedral dates back to the 12th century, its architecture an eclectic mix of styles. The archaeological site beneath the cathedral, excavated over the last few years, reveals the city's rich history and explores the origins of Christianity in this part of Europe. Take the underground passage connecting the cathedral to the adjacent museum, dedicated to presenting the historical significance of the Reformation. Audio guides are available in English, German, and French. If you'd prefer a guided tour, check the website, where you'll also find information about upcoming live organ performances. To visit St Pierre Cathedral on your trip to Geneva, use our Geneva itinerary planner.
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  • Breath-taking place. It takes a moment to take in that this building was built around 1000 years ago. So much history. Wanted to do a whole tour for 3 hours that includes the museum and the tower but ...  read more »
  • It is a very beautiful simple church.high ceiling , mixture of the époques and a beautiful unique art deco style Organ . They were training for the mass so stayed there and listened to the beautiful m...  read more »
  • A must see when you visit Geneva, climb to the top and you have a great view, I recommend.
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  • The tower visit will be the highlight of any visit to Geneva. It is a little demanding physically, so be prepared to climb many, many stairs to reach the top, but the reward is well worth any soreness the next day. Do not miss the tower. Mediocre church as the reformation eliminated much of the beautiful artwork that once adorned the interior. For a taste of the original splendor, make sure you go to the Maccabees chapel in the back right corner of the sanctuary.
  • For 5 francs, you could go up the towers and have an amazing view you shouldn't miss. Only Saléve Telepherique has a better view of Geneva.
  • It costs a bit of money and quite a long and strenuous climb to the top, but the views from up there are amazing! You can see the whole city, the lake and the giant jet d'eau from up there. If you think you're fit enough it's a must see!
  • Worth a visit just for the tower climb. Not as difficult a climb as some reviewers have suggested - took me around 5-10 minutes to walk up. Great 360 degree views of Geneva. Inside of the cathedral itself is nothing too special. It was nice to listen to an orchestra who were rehearsing when we visited.
  • Mesmerising views of the city from both north and south towers. Nice place to click some panoramic pictures of the city and lake
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